Wednesday, February 3, 2016

TOUR STOP: The Hunter's Moon

Pages: 133
Source: Itching for Books
Publication Date:
Genre: Young Adult Paranoramal
Initial Reaction: Emoji
Seventeen-year-old Morgan Daniel has been in the witness protection program most of her life. But The Panteras have caught up with her and her younger brother. Her car is totaled, she's hurt, and the street gang is closing in when wolves with glowing eyes appear out of nowhere and chase away the killers.
Then a very cute guy who handles a bow like Robin Hood emerges from the woods and takes them to safety at his fortress-like home.
And that's just the first sign that Morgan and her brother have entered a hidden world filled with secrets...

 Hello everyone! Welcome to my tour stop for The Hunter's Moon by Beth Trissel! As always, check out the banner above to be taken to the tour schedule so you can see all the other amazing posts!

I signed up for this blog tour on a whim because the summary sounded interesting and I haven't read a werewolf story in a while. Where do I even begin with this novel? First of all, I have no idea what to rate this book because the writing style wasn't terrible, the story is definitely interesting, but the execution was something I kind of dreaded.

Now I know that is a terrible way to start a review but let me explain and then I promise we'll move on to happier topics. My "frustration" with this novel has nothing to do with the plot or the characters but how it was delivered. The story literally follows the shape of every stereotypical YA paranormal novel with a main character who is cursed and part of some ominous prophecy that involves this hot guy she just met. Oh and by the way, she can turn into a werewolf and her shift will occur on her birthday which is only a couple of days away. To top it all off, how she handles her shift will determine if she will be a destroyer or a protector. Now please tell me honestly, how many times have you heard that plot arc?

If I move beyond the initial waves of frustration, this book has a lot of interesting things to offer. The author manages to weave Native American culture and American history together to substantiate the plot line. I really enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the Shawnee's lifestyle and how everything they did had a purpose and a past. The world that Morgan and her brother Jimmy fall into is full of mystery and magic that spans across so many years of history.

Also, another factor I really liked was the fact that there are more than just werewolves in this story. The author takes the take to flesh out all aspects of how Jackson's family is able to shift along with the gang that has been hunting Morgan ever since her parents died and the role they play in Morgan's life. Werewolves, thunderbirds, and were-panthers...that's a pretty interesting mix.

As far as characters go, Morgan was okay. I didn't love her mainly because her semi-instant attraction and relationship with Jackson. I understand that they are tied together by a prophecy but the "I love you" was dropped a lot sooner than I expected and everything just seemed...too much too soon. However, I absolutely adored Jimmy. He's pretty much the perfect little brother with his genius brain and smart comments, he brought life to the story which I definitely appreciated.

Overall, this was a fair start to a series and I'm interested to see how it progresses with all the different elements that have been introduced. However, I'm not too keen on continuing as of right now but maybe in the future.

About the Author

Beth TrisselMarried to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. In addition to American settings, I also write historical and time travel romances set in the British Isles, and nonfiction about gardening, herbal lore, and country life.

3 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting me and The Hunter's Moon and for your review.